I think in campaign season people forget that Jesus is not American. Republicans try to get evangelical support and fall all over themselves to be pro-Jesus on Team America. But Jesus was not American an I wanted to make sure people are reminded of that.
Americans of a certain sort have used that verse as a need for national repentance and a restoration of blessings they find slipping away. Put bluntly, if Americans feel like there are blessings slipping away from this country as a whole, they have turned the country into an idol and are violating the Ten Commandments.